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Dutch movie 'Bloody Marie' films in Red Light District of Amsterdam

01/02/2018

This week the Red Light District of Amsterdam turned into a movie set for a couple of days, as it became the filming location for the Dutch movie 'Bloody Marie'.

The movie 'Bloody Marie', directed by Dutch director Guido van Driel, tells the story of a once successful cartoonist, Marie Wankelmut, who lives in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, after the success of her erotic cartoon. After she starts drinking she winds up in conflicts, until some horrific events on the other side of her house force Marie to take action.

Last week the movie was shooting some scenes on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal. This week Monday the movie was shooting on front of a window brothel on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal on number 117, right next to the Hospital Bar strip club. And last night the shooting took place in the Molensteeg, an alley filled with red light windows, which was completely shut down last night for filming.

The Red Light Casino, which is normally closed down, also opened to be part of the film's backdrop, which really made the street come alive even more than usual. Red Light Casino, which is located in the Molensteeg, was closed down in 2012 due to a conflict between the owner and the city.

It's not the first time a movie takes place in the Red Light District, but most movies are not actually being shot in the Red Light District itself. Often substitute canals and alleys of Amsterdam are being used as filming locations.

For example the Hollywood movie 'The Hitman's Bodyguard', starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, had a short scene in a Red Light District alley, which was not actually shot in a real red light alley.

Also the Dutch movie 'Amsterdamned', from famed Dutch director Dick Maas, was filmed on the Groenburgwal canal, which was a substitute for the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal, as filming on the grand canal of the Red Light District of Amsterdam proved to be too difficult.

Director Dick Maas substituted the Red Light District again with another street in Amsterdam again in his movie 'Sint', after the traditional Dutch Saint Nicolas tradition with a horror twist.

Though it's not uncommon for movies to shoot in the real Red Light District of Amsterdam, as the recently released Belgium movie 'Patser', featuring Dutch rapper Ali B, was also partially shot on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Bloody Marie stars German actress Susanne Wolff and Romanian actor Dragos Bucur alongside actors Mark Rietman, Teun Luijkx, Aart Staartjes and Murth Mossel. The film is being produced by Family Affair Films and will be released later this years in Dutch cinemas.

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